22 posts categorized "GEORGE CLOONEY"
Here are all my Oscars red carpet and telecast thoughts, compiled into one handy volume from Facebook. Horrible show. Obvious highlights would be Cirque du Soleil, Jim Rash soft-mocking Angelina Jolie and—can't believe this part was a highlight this year!—the lovely "in memoriam" section, even if Esperanza Spalding 100% lip-synched due to the complicated nature of the audio and the producers' decision to cut out any disparity in the amount of applause for some corpses over others.
Billy Crystal was totally off and should not host again, even though he did improve later on and his naughty political jabs were funniest. Neil Patrick Harris should expect a phone call soon if he hasn't already received it.
Here ya go. Thoughts?
Loved Nathaniel's analysis of the past 10 years' acceptance speeches at the Oscars! It's interesting to see who's remembered, who's forgotten and how beloved Meryl Streep is.
Sorry my posts have been light in recent weeks; I've traveled to Las Vegas, L.A. and Paris, and tomorrow go to Chicago. Then I'll be stationary for a few months. I hope the eye candy and Madonna updates will soon be spiked with more variety. Until then...
Congrats to Madonna for getting a Golden Globes nomination for "Masterpiece," a gorgeous song that would ordinarily be an Oscar nom shoo-in if it weren't for the fact that so far, the Academy has shunned nominating any song on which Madonna has writing credits. This could be the year they throw her a bone, though, considering the weak competition and Weinstein pushing hard for any kind of recognition for W.E.
He says George Clooney is a "stylish star I love," which I'm sure led to Clooney creaming his tux when he read it.
He admits friends tease him about "shirtless pictures on the Internet," and that the funniest work experience he's had was:
"Having to disrobe in broad daylight in the middle of a field—10 feet away from a live wolf."
The verdicts are mixed, but I can guarantee you they've all had stuff done. Jake Gyllenhaal is of course a doll, but his obvious nosejob really distracted me from appreciating him more in Brokeback Mountain because his character certainly wouldn't have had one.
Billy Eichner would have made a good Oscars host...!
Kathryn Bigelow & James Cameron: Oscar's War of the Lenses
The Oscar nominations are out, and while some who had a pretty good shot saw their hopes dashed (Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine for Best Actor; Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria for Best Actress; (500 Days of Summer), Where the Wild Things Are, Invictus, Nine, Julie and Julia and my personal choice of A Single Man for Best Picture; Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds, Julianne Moore in A Single Man and Marion Cotillard in Nine for Best Supporting Actress; Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story for Best Documentary; A Single Man for Art Direction...it was criticized as too pretty, but apparently it still wasn't pretty enough!; "Cinema Italiano" from Nine and "All is Love" from Where the Wild Things Are for Best Original Song), most of the nominees were unsurprising. In fact, with one exception (Kruger losing her spot to Maggie Gyllenhaal), all of the major acting nominees matched the SAG nominees.
Loved how the collected press applauded for the crowd-pleasing Blind Side noms...it's like American Idol where the best frequently don't win, but the favorites do! (Maybe The Blind Side is this year's Ruben Studdard.)
Kathryn Bigelow becomes only the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (so deserved), and has an excellent chance to become the first to win. Also, Lee Daniels is only the second black man nominated for Best Director (also so deserved; the first was not Spike Lee, but John Singleton). Also re Daniels, I don't have stats on how many out gay people have been nominated for the award, but Rob Marshall comes to mind.
As for nominating 10 films instead of five, it feels like a marketing gimmick to me, especially when only five directors are nominated—it feels like the five films whose helmers were ignored are just honorary mentions with next to no chance of winning. And I didn't find the extra five to be particularly interesting choices, either—they feel like films that should have been in the running but shouldn't have been in the final cut, or, in the case of The Blind Side, they're concessions to commercial juggernauts. (I guess that is this year's Ghost, except Ghost was able to be nominated when there were only five slots, and The Blind Side probably wouldn't have had a shot.)
But the Oscars are the original marketing gimmick gone good, so more power to the movies that benefit from the looser standards.
The full list of nominees follows (and more movie talk is available here), but my guesses right now for the top awards would be: Avatar (but Inglourious Basterds has a real shot and The Hurt Locker is not out of the question), Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock (she's had the momentum, but Streep could still pull it off in the more conservative Oscars), Mo'Nique and Waltz.
Gawker attempts to help us figure out "How to Know When Gay Rumors are True." In the process, they seem to out Gerard Butler, Kenny Chesney, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Hugh Jackman, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and John Travolta.
Their logic is pretty off, but their results seem pretty on! (Except keep in mind they say gay rumors about the following are not true: Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Vin Diesel and Jeremy Piven...and a couple of those...c'mon!)